Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Railway passengers in Japan were treated to lunch and the company of dozens of rescue kittens as they took a ride on the first cat cafe train.
Cat cafe chain Sanctuary collaborated with Yoro Railway to convert the train from Ogaki to Ikeno into a mobile cat cafe for one day on Sunday to raise awareness for strays.
All 30 of the kittens on the train were scheduled to be put down, but Sanctuary rescued them to take part in the special cat adoption event.
"We all wondered what it was going to be like-this vision of a train and cats," passenger Bill Adler told Atlas Obscura. "How was it going to work out?"
The group of "awesomely cute" kittens easily captivated the hearts and attention of the passengers during the two-and-a-half-hour trip.
"They were so light and little and curious about everything," Adler said.
Passengers were offered lunch and a restroom break during the trip, but Adler said most directed all of their attention toward the kittens.
"Not a single person ended up having snacks during the ride," he said. "Nobody got off the train [at the break]... no one bothered to look out the window, because the cats were just so cute."